happy 229th, united states.

(…measuring from the declaration of independence, of course.)

i was perusing my latest issue of entrepreneur [magazine], and found some lovely facts about this great nation on the back pages. here are some of my favorites:

 

  • The value of U.S. exports of American flags in 2011: $663,071 (Mexico was the leading buyer); the value of U.S. imports of American flags: $3.6 million ($3.3 million of which were made in China).

 

  • The Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association reports that 85% of North American households own grills or smokers.

 

  • According to the Beer Institute, the beer industry is worth $246.5 billion and supplies 2 million jobs – independent craft brewers had sales of about $10.2 billion in 2012 (src. Brewers Association).

 

  • The American Meat Institute reports consumers spent $1.7 billion on hot dogs in 2012.

 

  • It is illegal to “take, possess, sell, purchase, barter, offer to sell, purchase or barter, transport, export or import” any part, nest or egg of a bald or golden eagle, alive or dead – felony convictions carry a maximum fine of $250,000 or 2 years in prison.

 

…and on that note – happy birthday, USA.

sparklers

have a great 4th, everyone!

*srcs: entrepreneur.com & misc mentioned; image not original.

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